March 7, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Decor

I finally got my St. Patrick's Day decor up. I decided to try and decorate with things I had around the house and not spend any money...and I did it! It was a fun little challenge.
 I am loving my Silhouette! It makes decorating so fun and easy! I love that it does vinyl and card stock...and so many other things.
  I love how my subway art turned out too. It's nice to have a variety of things. 

The bouquet of shamrocks were also cut with my Silhouette. It's so fun!

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February 28, 2014

"Healthy" Peanut Butter Cookies

Hi! My name is Shayla and I am addicted to sugar. I know I'm not the only that struggles with this and I have decided I can overcome it! Solution...healthy alternatives. Sort of. I'm starting slow and hoping to become good a substituting. We'll see how it goes. 
Here is my first attempt....peanut butter cookies. I have been craving cookies-more specifically cookie dough-a lot this week. A co-worker of  mine told me of a clean chocolate chip recipe she tried so I decided to try my hand at creating a somewhat "clean" cookie recipe. I'm not 100% sure of what it takes for a recipe to be clean but hopefully this counts.

1 c. peanut butter
1 egg
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 c. honey
1 1/4 c. oat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix peanut butter, egg, butter and honey until smooth. Add remaining remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Scoop onto a cookie sheet. Using a fork create a criss-cross pattern and bake for 8-10 minutes. 

Makes about 32 cookies.

**for the oat flour I just used my magic bullet and old fashioned oats...worked great! 

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Creative Capital B

February 25, 2014

Husband/Daddy Appreciation Day

Here's a quick tutorial for the oh so fun "Exploding Love Box"! I saw this love box and wanted to try it for myself. Since I used different paper and accessories I thought I would share it here. For more details instructions head over to Glitter Adventure.
 For the box I have 3 12x12 papers. I cut down two of them so they layer well. 
 Next I cut out the corners and scored the center square to make it easier to fold. Then glue the center squares together.
 I love a variety of colors so I chose these to go inside. I didn't put printed paper on each square because I wanted to add pictures on the blank squares.

 I didn't take a picture of the finished pages but I had pictures on some squares, quotes, and my own little thoughts and thanks. My son even scribbled his own little notes...can't get much better than that!
 Make your lid, decorate and ta-da...a super cute box of love and appreciation!
 There really is so much you can do for those you love and appreciate in your let them know every once in a while...they will love it!!!

If you like my "Simply Amazing" note click here and pick your choice of colors.

Linking to these fabulous parties:
The Blissful Bee
I Heart Nap Time
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February 19, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Subway Art

St. Patrick's Day is a holiday that is a little forgotten at my house. This year I decided to try and be more festive and make this holiday a fun occasion! Hopefully I can do. I have big plans for breakfast the day of...oh just wait and see!!!  :) 
To kick of the decorations I started with this cute little subway art. I L.O.V.E subway art. I have some for each holiday! ...a little obsessive... perhaps! But they are so fun and add a different element in the decorating scheme of things. Can't wait to see how the other pieces turn out!

***just click on the picture and it will direct you to the google doc file where you can print or download to your hearts desire***

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February 13, 2014

Valentines Decor

The holiday of Love sure came fast this year...
But I did get to decorate and enjoy this fun holiday
 I made the love blocks at a girls craft with my mom and sisters...SO FUN!
 These cute little hearts I got at at The Wood that place! They are the perfect little addition to the LOVE blocks.
 This awesome "XO" set I purchased at Crafty Wood Cutouts and just used some fun valentines papers I already had in my sweet stash.  I really love how they turned out...simple but so very cute!
 I wanted to  make something that could have interchangeable pieces...this cute ensemble does the job perfectly.  
 I'm sure we have all seen this great quote all over Pinterest....and honestly it is one of my favorites. I just pulled out my trusty Silhouette and let it do the rest. I want to keep it up forever!

So that's a little of my Valentines decor. How do you decorate?

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